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Best Kept Secrets

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  8,282 Ratings  ·  405 Reviews

Alexandra Gaither is a savvy, beautiful attorney who finally has the power to get what she has always wanted -- justice. Twenty-five years before, her mother died a scandalous death. Now as she investigates her mother's former lover, his best friend, and the father figure to them both, she will risk everything to uncover their best
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 3rd 2003 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Twenty-five years before, her mother had died a scandalous death. Alex believed one of three powerful men had murdered her. Each was charming; each was a suspect. And each tried to shield her from his sins and secrets. But only one of them could ignite a desire as passionate as her need for the truth...

"You're in a surly mood this morning. Rough night?"
"Yeah. I got laid, but it wasn't very good."

This guy is a bit of a pig, an alpha male, but, who cares? Not me. I am comfortable enough with
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En referencia a la capacidad de engancharme a la historia, le daría 4 ☼.
Pero me ha faltado conocer un poco más a los protagonistas y algunos cabos, aunque no sueltos, me ha faltado matizarlos, así que se queda en 3 o 3.5. Pero le dejo las 4 porque creo que es una lectura muy recomendable.
Eso sí, es una muy buena novela de suspense... ten engancha desde la página uno
Muy completa a nivel de secundarios y la ambientación, genial. Me he pasad
Aug 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, audio-book, romance
There was so much wrong with this book, that I hardly know where to start. The only reason that I continued reading it was I wanted to know who the killer was, I had 2 potential people in mind, and the killer wasn't revealed until almost the end of the book.

Now on to what was so wrong. Some of it is due to the age of the book, written in the late 1980's, so there were things that probably were all the rage then, but don't translate to modern days, one of those being the whole Yuppie, hard workin
Sandra Brown does it again!! Yay!! For once I immediately guessed "who done it" as soon as the character was introduced. I was inwardly high fiving myself. Lol. You gotta love the fashion, mentality and technology of the 80's!! (Insert sigh) MEMORIES!!!!
- Written in tbe 80's, allowed for that but still struggled with it a bit.
- Didn't really like Reid very much
- Didn't feel connection between H/h.
- Bit creepy that he grew up with and was childhood sweethearts with her mother. Ok he never slept with her mother but it still felt wrong!
- Reid saw her mother through pregnancy (mother was only 18) and knew Alex as a baby which adds even more creepy feelings.
- He never took her side and constantly threw things in her face, things that she never shoul
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandra-brown
From the blurb:
Alexandra Gaither was a savvy, beautiful attorney who finally had the power to get what she wanted -- justice…

Note to myself:
Alexandra is also the most overrated, phoniest, self-serving attorney I have read.

Twenty-five years before, her mother had died a scandalous death. Alex believed one of three powerful men had murdered her. Each was charming; each was a suspect. And each tried to shield her from his sins and secrets. But only one of them could ignite a desire as passionate as
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book is twisted in more than one way:
1.)The protagonist, Alex, gets involved in sexual relationship with a man who 18 years older, dated her mother, and was almost her step father. It gave the story an incestuous vibe.
2.)If you pay attention to the "who was where" of the book you can solve it right away.
3.)I know this book was written in the 80's but the "ball busting career woman vs. house wife theme was ridiculous.
Blood Rose Books
Sep 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Sandra Brown is the quenn of contemporary mystery/romance books. In Best Kept Secrets, Brown explores what a daughter will do for a mother that she has never known.
Raised by her grandmother it has been ingrained into Assistant DA Alex Gaither that her mother's murder was never caught and the wrong man was convicted of her murder. Alex is determined to win her dying grandmother's love by heading back to the small Texas town to unearth the true murder. However, some of Alex's most likely suspects
Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
Ick. The age difference between the main characters didn't bother me at all. The ick comes from the fact that the hero was her mother's high school sweetheart. The 2 possible romantic leads for the heroine were both in love with her mother while she was pregnant with the heroine. The main hero even flash backed to making out with the mother. The other one would mention in one sentence how he had wanted to be her stepfather and then in another how he wanted her as a lover.

I knew who the real kil
*The Angry Reader*
It deserves either one star or five. It was so awesomely bad. I tried three times this week to describe the plot to other lawyers. Each attempt was met with horror.

So. Alex goes to law school to become a prosecutor to investigate her mother's murder. She begins the investigation in THE MOST DRAMATIC 10 PAGES OF MY LIFE. In a world without common sense, a Texas Bar, any kind of code of conduct or healthy relationships Alex pisses off everyone in a small town while accusing three men of the murde
Mahareni Sukadi
Baca ulang and tetep terasa seruuuuuu.... And herannya lagi, sekali baca suspense-nya SB, rasanya jadi kecanduan, trus pengin maraton baca buku2 suspensenya yg lain.

Mmmm...perbedaan usia yg lumayan (ato sangat?) jauh antara Alex and Reede, lagi2 mengingatkanku akan Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara-nya Gone With The Wind. Seingatku, si Rhett malah lebih tua sedikit dari ibunya Scarlett (kalo gak salah yaaaaaa).

Gak masalah ah kalo hero-nya jauh lebih tua, asal mereka sangat sangat charming seperti
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I picked this out to listen to on a car trip with my family. It was a bit cheesy and we had to keep fast forwarding through the romantic parts because our kids were in the car and while they had movies to watch sometimes they were listening. Quite a few sex scenes. I wouldn't recommend it and don't plan on reading Sandra Brown again.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
buku paling lambat dari Sandra Brown sejauh ini huhh
Tapi untuk cerita tetep lumayan
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jan by: Jas Dragojevic
***4.5 Stars****

Thanks Jas, for introducing me to Sandra Brown's world.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book from my oldest brothers wife. It wasn't too bad of a book. It is a older book of Sandra Browns. The only part I didn't like about it is that some of the parts in it were a bit descriptive. It is made for the 18 and over crowd for sure.
It was not my favorite Sandra Brown, mostly because it was so unrealistic. I pretty much had a good idea of who the killer was all along and it was irritating that our smart lawyer prosecutor never even considered this person. And why, (except that this is a romance) does this smart lawyer prosecutor let these men, all of whom are suspects in her mind, put their hands on her? She lets them steer her around by her elbow or the small of her back, she kisses them etc. What professional would allow ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Finally, I didn't think I would get through this book!!! My mind just seemed to wander, it wasn't an awful book, it just couldn't pull me in and keep my attention. I still don't understand why anyone would want to date their mothers boyfriend from high school. Especially since Alex is investigating her murder and he, his best friend, and an older man are all suspects of a 25 year old murder.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

She's prosecutor
Re-opening old murder
Of her own mother

Never could happen
Offensive stereotypes
Can't recommend it
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
In Sandra Brown's Best Kept Secrets, this was another classic romantic suspense that you'll love. For Alexandra was a beautiful and savvy lawyer, who finally had the power to get what she wanted... justice. Twenty-five years ago, her mother had died from a scandalous death. Now Alex believed one of three powerful men had murdered her--her former lover, his best friend, or the father figure for the both of them. Each one of them was a charming suspect, who tried to shield her from his sinful secr ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
(view spoiler)This short novel is a romp, less of a whodunnit than a when-will-they-do-IT. Hero is a jerk with a certain offbeat charm. There's not much meat here, but it's a tasty snack for Sa ...more
Sabrina Jeffries
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My favorite contemporary romantic suspense novel. I like a lot of Brown's books (Exclusive, Mirror Image), but this is my favorite, the one I think is most romantic. The heroine is trying to find out who killed her mother shortly after the heroine was born, and one of her prime suspects (yes, the hero is a good bit older than the heroine--at least 17 years or so) happens to be the sexiest man she's ever met.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I think this is one of her older books - was a little troubled by the whole relationship thing. Not because of the age but because he loved her mother first. Creepy
Tennille Springle
Apr 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The plot is more or less good. But the love story was a little bit disturbing...
Anita (Anitareads)
4.5 stars
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, eh
Look, I want to rate this something other than "EH," but I cannot. It's an ok story, but omg, Sandra! Stop with the random COCK or bulge references.

Is this 1970s porn or a mystery, for fuck's sake?

Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
i give it 4.5 stars. as always sb did not disappoint!
Aug 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: Dick Hill

Narrator Review:
Not Hill's best. He was very good in Breath of Scandal (1991), the two audiobooks being released in 2008. Perhaps the Southern accent - it came across rather twangy and nasal for all the men here - was just too much for me.

Book Review: Horrible, horrible. I was leery of this because the idea of 3 men all desiring the same woman then said woman's daughter desiring one of those men just didn't sit well in my
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sandra Brown Fans!
Recommended to Hayley by: Goodreads
Meet Alexandra Gaither, or as most call her, Alex. She is a fresh out of law school attorney who works for the DA's office in Travis County under the wing of egotistical, Greg Harper. Alex grew up under the care of her Grandma, Merle Graham who was never affectionate nor showed much love towards Alex while she was growing up. Now Merle is in a coma in a nursing home and is blaming Alex for the death of her daughter. Alex lost her mother, Celina when she was only two months old to a vicious murde ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
I stumbled into a Walmart while I was struggling with drowsiness. I heard that POWs are sometimes tortured with loud music that prevents them from falling asleep for extended periods of time. I have found that audio book is sometimes less torturous and has the same effect. However, this one was worse....

The protagonist is a woman obsessed with discovering who murdered her mother when she was a little baby. In the course of the investigation, she falls in love with her mothers old boyfriend and
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